2020 NFL Power Rankings: Los Angeles Chargers
Throughout the 2020 NFL season, we will compile a consensus NFL Power Rankings that averages the rankings of all 32 NFL teams.
Here is where the Los Angeles Chargers rank in terms of average, best and worst:
- Average ranking: 20.6 (21st)
- Best ranking: 17th (NFL.com)
- Worst ranking: 23rd (The Athletic)
Below you will find a Week 6 roundup for the Chargers in our consensus 2020 NFL Power Rankings.
The Athletic -- Rank: 23
Another incredibly frustrating loss. Chargers fans must want to just grab Anthony Lynn and play-caller Shane Steichen, shake them and scream, "YOUR QUARTERBACK IS GOOD!" The Chargers were conservative once again, running the ball 18 times for 20 yards on first downs in their overtime loss to the Saints. With the score tied at 27 and Los Angeles taking over with 47 seconds left, they inexplicably handed it off for a 3-yard gain. That forced the Chargers to use their first timeout. They drove to the New Orleans 32 and missed a 50-yard field goal. Had they completed a pass on that first play, they get closer, and maybe that kick goes in and they win. They've now blown 17-point leads in back-to-back weeks. Los Angeles has had bad luck in one-score games, but the Chargers' conservative approach continues to cost them. Justin Herbert has been terrific. It'd be nice to see the coaching staff do more to help him.
CBS Sports -- Rank: 22
They aren't winning games, but they have their long-term answer at quarterback in Justin Herbert. That matters a ton.
USA Today -- Rank: 21
They're quickly morphing into Atlanta West after blowing 17-point leads in consecutive weeks. All four of Bolts' 2020 losses have been by seven points or fewer.
ESPN -- Rank: 20
Biggest weakness: Turnovers
The Chargers very well could have started 4-0 instead of 1-3 if it weren't for their minus-4 turnover ratio. Anthony Lynn, though, is now working with a rookie quarterback in Justin Herbert and a rookie running back in Joshua Kelley (after Austin Ekeler went down with a nasty hamstring injury). The coach has to be a patient or pull out what's left of his hair to cope. There's no fun in Costa Mesa right now. And that was before the Chargers had their bye week moved up. -- Shelley Smith
NFL.com -- Rank: 17
You just knew Mike Badgley was doomed the moment ESPN's Steve Levy told America the kicker had trademarked his "Money Badger" nickname. Moments later, Badgely's 50-yard game-winning field-goal attempt banged off the right upright and fell to the turf, the beginning of the end in a painful 30-27 overtime loss to the Saints. Even in defeat, the Chargers have to be feeling incredibly optimistic about their future after Justin Herbert delivered the greatest performance by a rookie QB in Monday Night Football history. Herbert sees the field in a way that is so rare for a passer of his experience -- if a corner bites on a double move or a safety wanders out of position, he punishes defenses without impunity. He's a silver lining in the form of a lightning bolt.
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